How to Protect Your Pinterest Account
Just like there are ways to do so on Facebook, there are also ways to protect your privacy and content on Pinterest.
Ways to Protect Your Privacy And Content On Pinterest.
Everyone Needs a Little Privacy
Even though social networks are public, every once in a while it’s necessary to have just a little bit of privacy for yourself. Recently, Pinterest launched an option that allows users to create private pinboards. With a private board, you can pin stuff freely and the only person that can view the content is you.
To make a private board, click on your profile link (in the top right corner of the window) and scroll all the way to the end of your board list. You should see an option to “create a secret board” which allows you to do just that. It’s worth noting that you can pin content from others to your board without letting anyone know you are doing so.
Keep Your Experience Filtered
Also recently added is the option to block and report Pinterest users that harass you or post questionable content. While the report feature should always be used sparingly, the block feature can be used to oust anyone you don’t want to interact with. In fact, we would recommend blocking anyone that you have a bad experience with. Just like Facebook, the strength of your engagement relies on the people around you – after all it is a social network. Make use of the block feature to filter out the people and accounts you don’t want to interact with.
Watermark Your Images or Photos
When you share something on a social network like Pinterest, it becomes instantly available to everyone that uses the internet. That means the image can be downloaded and passed around at will. The easiest way to protect your content is to watermark your images. You can use programs like Adobe Photoshop or Microsoft Word to watermark any image before you upload it to Pinterest. At the least, the watermark will be clearly visible anytime someone repins content or shares it elsewhere.
Havahart Wild Animal Control has done a great job of this with their Pinterest account. Even though the images are not watermarked, you can clearly see who posted them and what brand is being promoted.
While it’s true that resourceful users could always crop the photo and remove the watermark, most users won’t bother to do so.
How to Protect Images on Your External Website
One of the best ways to protect content from your external website is to install a script that disables right click support for web pages. Such a script prevents users from right clicking on an image or webpage and saving the content locally.
If you’re going to do that, it would also be wise to install a “pin it” button on your website. This encourages users to share the content through Pinterest directly, instead of saving the image and doing it themselves. Why would you want to do such a thing? To preserve links of course! If a user downloads the image and just shares it on a social network, they won’t link back to your content or site usually. By taking advantage of native buttons like the “pin it” button for Pinterest, direct links to your website are also included with the content share.
As For Security…
Frankly, the same tried and true security measures are just as important for Pinterest as any other site on the internet. Always make sure you use a strong password with a good mix of numbers, letters and symbols. Never use the same password for other websites, and of course don’t pass it on to anyone.
Also, watch the URL you are logging in from every time you navigate to Pinterest. A lot of users seem to forget that there are third party apps out there that are always trying to get authorized access to your account. If you login to Pinterest from one of these external locations they can pull any and all the information they want from your account.
Have you ever seen someone’s Facebook or Twitter profiles after they’ve been hacked? It’s not pretty at all. The point here is to pay attention and be cautious about what you’re doing when you browse. Always go to Pinterest directly, and never authorize a third party app unless you know it’s from a trusted developer or source.